I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie #bookreview #thriller

Title: I’ll Never Tell

Author: Catherine McKenzie

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: June 1, 2019

Page Count: 356

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of psychological suspense, named one of the Hottest Books of Summer by Goodreads.

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?


I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie is a mystery/thriller that focuses on a death that occurred twenty years before. The story is told from multiple points of view switching with each chapter and occasionally between chapters you get the POV of the victim jumping back the twenty years.

Amanda Holmes had been attending Camp Macaw which was owned and operated by the MacAllister family. One morning it was found that Amanda never returned to her cabin at the camp  the night before and a search was called on to find her. Amanda was soon found bludgeoned to death and left in a rowboat but the killer was never found.

Now, twenty years later the MacAllister siblings are all grown up and have gone their separate ways. When both of  their parents pass though the question of who inherits the  family camp brings them all back to Camp Macaw for the reading of the will which  finds the siblings with the dilemma of figuring out who the murderer was.

I’ve always had a thing  for a creepy summer camp story. The idea of heading off to camp  for  the summer was always appealing but something I never got to experience so instead I’ve been drawn to  the setting for a lot of campy horror. Even with this one being a twenty year old crime it still had that creepy camp vibe with a bunch of questionable characters. I wasn’t overly surprised with some of the twists and outcome but it was still a fun read.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s eight previous novels have been translated into numerous languages. Most recently, her novel The Good Liar was an instant Globe and Mail and a Toronto Star bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book of April (Suspense & Thrillers), and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She’s a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Visit Catherine online at http://www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter or Instagram at @catherinemckenzieauthor.

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